Kim E. Rinehart

Kim Rinehart and Jonathan Freiman Quoted in Law360 Story on First Decision of Supreme Court Term

December 2, 2015

Law360's lead story today quotes Wiggin and Dana litigation partners Jonathan Freiman and Kim Rinehart on the U.S. Supreme Court's first decision of this term. The story also headed up Law360's Appellate section.

In Justices Firm Up Boundaries On US Courts In Austria Case, Law360 analyzes OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs, a case interpreting the much-litigated commercial activity exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Sachs involved a U.S. resident who bought a Eurail pass in the U.S., was injured in Austria by that country's national railroad, and then sued the railroad in the U.S., invoking jurisdiction under the FSIA's commercial activity exception to foreign sovereign immunity. The Supreme Court held that the Austrian railroad maintained sovereign immunity, because the heart of her claim rested on alleged wrongs committed by the railroad in Austria, not in the U.S.

Mr. Freiman, chair of the Wiggin and Dana Appellate and Complex Issues Practice Group, frequently litigates cases involving foreign sovereigns and other cross-border disputes. Ms. Rinehart, a partner in the Appellate and Complex Issues Practice Group, authors the firm's Supreme Court Update.

To read the Law360 article, click here.